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Photo: Microgen (Shutterstock) Hairspray is a tricky devil: It can be suffocating, it can make you feel itchy and stifled, it can make your hair crunchy and painful to brush. And yet, when you’ve put in serious time with a curling iron and would rather not see all your effort go to waste by lunchtime, hairspray is your savior. Some of that bad stuff is immediate and unavoidable, but the coughing and itching are made worthwhile by the long-lasting glory of your hairstyle. But there is one negative that occurs a while later, and can make you question using hairspray ever again: Flakiness. It looks like dandruff, but you know it’s not. Unfortunately, you can’t go up to every single person at work and preemptively assure them that actually , the white dust all over your shoulders is hairspray, not dead scalp skin. (That would be a weird thing to do.) Instead, prevent the flakes from occurring. Like so: Use a clarifying shampoo You don’t want hairspray buildup. As its name implies, if you don’t get rid of it, hairspray gunk will pile on top of the existing hairspray gunk in your hair. So every few washes, use a clarifying shampoo to really detox your hair. At-home remedies exist, too—like putting baking soda in your current shampoo. Baking soda is great for cleaning , so use it to its full advantage here. One tablespoon in your usual palmful of shampoo ought to do it. Don’t forget to rinse well […]